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Energy UK response to the Energy Saving Trust on leaving appliances on standby

In response to the Energy Saving Trust’s survey on customers leaving appliances on standby, Energy UK said:

“Leaving appliances on standby is a waste all round. It uses electricity and increases bills without customers getting any good from what they’re spending.

“The energy industry is committed to helping people be more energy efficient, save money and stay warm in the winter. This survey shows just how important it is to be mindful of your energy use. So remember to turn off TVs, games consoles and other appliances when they are not being used as this can save significant amounts of money.”

Remembering to fully switch off appliances is just one way of saving money.  There are also other ways a customer could cut their energy usage.

  • Insulation: A third of heating costs could be lost through the walls, so insulating them is the best way to save energy in the home.
  • Light bulbs: Energy efficient light bulbs use up to 80 per cent less energy and can cost as little as 50 pence each.
  • Fix dripping taps: A dripping hot water tap can waste enough water to fill half a bath in just one week.
  • Replace your old boiler: Almost 60 per cent of what customers spend on their energy bills in a year is through their boiler. Upgrading to an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could make a big difference.
  • Turn down the thermostat: Turning down thermostats by one degree could cut the cost of a heating bill by 10 per cent.


No one should have to worry about their energy bills. Customers should contact their energy company or call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 if they would like more help and advice.

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